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OPINION: Why you should go vegan

By Nwe Win

Recently in, veganism has become a more popular diet specifically due to the lifestyle and benefits it offers.  It is important that people are informed about this lifestyle so they can be more mindful of their choices, which can have a lot of impact in the community.

The first reason to turn vegan is to prevent the exploitation of animals. According to the Vegan Society, statistics show that “Roughly 60 billion land animals and over a trillion marine animals are used and killed as commodities per year.” This just goes to show that animals are being slaughtered so much and mistreated, merely to satisfy human taste preferences.  An example of animal exploitation is how chickens are being treated. PETA states“Nearly 9 billion chickens are raised and killed for meat each year in the U.S and raise them in huge, ammonia-filled, windowless sheds where artificial lighting is manipulated to make birds eat as often as possible.” Doing simple things like going vegan can help increase saving lives of an innocent animal.

Furthermore going vegan will help slim down and feel healthier. It says in  PETA, “Vegans are, on average, up to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters.” If your New Year’s resolution for 2018 is to lose weight then this is a great route to take without harming yourself. Going vegan also helps lower your blood pressure because of the reduced amount of salt intake.   It states in (Vegan News), that “One of the biggest sources of salt are from meats, cheeses, and poultry, which is one reason why those who follow the Standard American diet ingest too much sodium (approximately 3.4 grams of it per day). One reason for this is because salt is added in the production of animal-based foods.” As an individual, it is essential to know why this lifestyle could have a major role in your health and possibly your self-esteem.

.One might object to veganism because they think this diet will not provide enough protein.  To show that this isn’t accurate is in the ( The Spruce Eats), “The truth is, most Americans get too much protein in their diet, and vegetarians and even vegans can easily get more than enough protein in their diet as well.” Vegans are getting their sources of protein besides meat and dairy from foods like beans, soy products, nuts, and so on. There are many substitutes humans can make to have a diet that is full of protein that is also balanced at the same time.

All in all going vegan is a great choice to think about making in the long run. The next time you decide to eat meat think of all the gains you can make and all the animals you could save if you decided to go green.

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